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Artisan Flatbread Pizzas in Victoria

Flatbread Artisan Pizzas – Homemade from Scratch Using Fresh Ingredients

Pizza has a long history that doesn’t actually begin in Italy, contrary to popular belief. Instead, the iterations of pizza we know and love today began all the way back in ancient Egypt in the form of flatbreads with toppings. These were popular among the Romans and Greeks as well, with Grecians preferring theirs made with herbs and oil on a softer bread (similar to what focaccia bread is now).flatbread pizzas in victoria bc

Pizza became very popular in Naples as an affordable food that could be eaten quickly by hand. They were meant for any meal and could be sold by vendors along the street, ideal for busy Neapolitans who didn’t have time to stop for a sit down meal. Typical pizza toppings in Naples during the 1800’s were anchovies, garlic, cheese, and tomatoes.

After the unification of Italy in 1861, Queen Margherita and King Umberto I visited Naples. They reportedly became bored with their typical gourmet French cuisine and requested to try pizza. It seems they were immediately hooked, and the Queen quickly developed a taste for the simple toppings of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Ever since, that combination of toppings has been called the Margherita, and it remains one of the most classic pizzas today. It even features the colours of the Italian flag for a true representation of Italy!

At Finn’s Seafood, Chops, and Cocktails, our artisan flatbread pizzas are handmade from scratch and baked in our wood fired oven with only the freshest ingredients—just the way pizza should be.

With two great selections plus a daily feature, there’s something to please every appetite. Finn’s pizzas are loaded with tempting toppings, gooey cheese, and sprinkled with fresh basil and parmesan cheese.

Looking for seafood? Try the Gamberi, tomato sauce, shrimp, smoked bacon, caramelized balsamic onions, mozzarella, fresh basil, and parmesan. The bacon and onions mingle perfectly with the shrimp for a medley of flavour and textures—just the way pizza should be.

“Both the greeters and our server were very friendly and welcoming, made our visit all the more enjoyable! We had a shrimp salad and a shrimp pizza (both in the mood for seafood!) which were delicious, both very fresh and unusual (but good) flavoured dishes.”


– DandelionMind, Gloucestershire, UK

In the mood for vegetarian? You’ll love our Vegetariano, with tangy tomato sauce, fresh spinach, sweet baby tomatoes, goat milk feta, olives, onions, and topped with fresh basil, parmesan

 “Love, love, love the appetizers and pizza! We showed up and were greeted by a smiling friendly face who seated us right away. We ordered a Sangria each and as a main, we ordered the Artisan Flatbread Pizza. Super tasty. We had a lovely evening at Finn’s with great service and tasty food. We will be back!”


– mghy101, Ottawa, ON

Stop by today for a leisurely lunch or dinner at Finn’s Seafood, Chops, and Cocktails, and be sure to ask our friendly servers about the daily feature pizza—you might just discover a new favourite! Book a reservation, or come on in after a busy day of enjoying the sights in downtown Victoria. You’ll find us at 1208 Wharf Street, Victoria, BC, in a beautiful historic brick building overlooking the stunning inner harbour.

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Burgers Made In-House

Triple A Beef Burgers, Wild Salmon Burgers & House made Veggie Burgers

Sometimes you have a craving for a burger that just can’t be ignored. At Finn’s Seafood, Chops, and Cocktails, we can help settle that! We offer three fantastic choices—juicy beef, tasty salmon, or flavourful sweet potato and brown rice—all served on brioche buns.

Finn’s hamburgers are as fresh as they get, with AAA Angus reserve New York Strip ground fresh in-house, cooked to mouth-watering perfection, and served with top quality fixings: caramelized onions, dijon aioli, and aged cheddar. Why do we grind the beef in house? Grinding meat right before cooking it creates the freshest possible patty, with the perfect fat to protein ratio. This means our burgers are extra juicy and packed with flavour.  Want the full Monty? Go ahead and add bacon or mushrooms.

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If seafood is what you’re after (you’re at Finn’s after all!) our Wild Salmon Burger is the answer. A tasty filet of wild salmon is cooked just until tender and then topped with peppery sprouts, tangy tzatziki, buttery avocado and vine ripened tomatoes. High in Omega-3’s, lean protein, and vitamin D, the salmon burger is a great choice for a meal of health-boosting fish.

Last but definitely not least is our Veggie Burger. The sweet potato and brown rice patty is made in-house, and is topped with sprouts, tender mushrooms, crunchy radishes, sweet caramelized onion, tomato, and cilantro jalapeno mayo. Veggie burgers are a great way to get extra veg and plant-based proteins into your day, whether it’s #meatlessmonday, or you prefer a vegetarian diet. One thing’s for sure, our house made patty and fresh toppings are so flavourful, you won’t miss the meat.

“Perfect place for drinks or a meal with phenomenal views over the water. Plenty of food choices from fresh seafood to sandwiches, burgers, and rice bowls it’s a fully stocked bar and friendly staff.” – Diggs8, Spruce Grove, AB

Each burger comes with your choice of field greens or fresh cut fries.

Want even more? Upgrade to our gourmet hand cut parmesan fries with truffle aioli, Caesar salad, or our very popular, creamy seafood chowder.

“The garlic parmesan cheese fries with the black truffle aioli sauce…that sauce is life changing and delicious!!”- julz629, Houston, TX

Gluten sensitive or just prefer eating gluten-free? Enjoy any of our burgers on a gluten free bun.

For lunch, happy hour, or dinner, Finn’s Seafood, Chops, and Cocktails caters to every appetite, whether you’re a carnivore, seafood fanatic, vegetarian, or just love to try a bit of everything. Elevate your burgers with our specialty sides, and a cold glass of Finn’s lager or ale and finish up with a sweet treat from our dessert menu.

If you weren’t craving a burger before, you might be now! Come visit us at Finn’s Seafood, Chops & Cocktails restaurant. You’ll find us at 1208 Wharf Street, Victoria, BC, in a beautiful historic brick building overlooking the inner harbour.

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Prepared to Order, Live Lobster in Victoria BC

Looking for the best place to sit down for a lobster meal in Victoria?

Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, birthday, or other special occasion, this “king of seafood” is always a wonderful choice that will truly elevate a night out.  You can add a 4 ozlive lobster dinner in victoria Atlantic lobster tail to any other menu item, like our 10 oz New York steak with red wine & peppercorn demi-glace, for a sumptuous surf and turf option. You can also add a lobster tail to a rich pasta dish, like our creamy seafood linguini, made of plump Saltspring Island mussels and clams, prawns, spinach, and parmesan.

“Harbor view. Service is amazing. My wife has a few food allergies and the staff and Chef took these very seriously and tailor made her a salmon feast. I had the Steak and Lobster meal with the crab add on. Wow. Best Lobster I have ever had.” – Tony

Atlantic Canada is a lobster haven, and the majority of Canadian lobster is caught in and around Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, making it one of the top exports on the East Coast. The Atlantic lobster fishery dates back to the mid-18th century. It’s worth around $1.3 billion, and is a vital industry that employs tens of thousands to this day.

Shediac, New Brunswick is well-known as the “lobster capital of the world” having opened its first lobster processing plant in 1861. The community of 6,664 even has a lobster on their coat of arms. Shediac is also home to the world’s largest lobster, a sculpture 11 m (35 ft.) long, 5 m (16 ft.) wide, and 5 m (16 ft.) high. This 35-ton monument was erected as an ode to the crustacean in 1989 by the Shediac Rotary Club.

If you happen to find yourself on the other side of Canada, be sure to take part in the ongoing Lobster Trail experience or the Lobster Crawl every February. Paying homage to the Atlantic lobster, the Lobster Crawl is a full month of fun events and experiences, from sip & savour events to surf packages.

The Atlantic Lobster isn’t native to the West Coast, and since they’re in such plentiful supply on the East Coast, there’s really no need for West Coast lobster farming. According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, between 1896 and 1966, around 5000 lobsters were introduced into BC waters. They survived, but didn’t breed enough to make a difference in population.

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Can’t get to the East Coast? At Finn’s, you’ll find fresh Atlantic lobster cooked on demand to calm those lobster cravings. Our lobsters are 100% Canadian, flown in several times a week fromNova Scotia. Straight from our saltwater tank, and served steaming hot with delectable drawn butter, charred lemon, seasonal veg and tender baby potatoes, this is a mouth-watering delicacy. Our guests think so too:

“My experience at Finns was AHHH-MAZING. Such a gorgeous space and great location. The lobster was to die for.” –Natalie C

Pair your lobster plate with a glass of Red Rooster Chardonnay or Gray Monk Riesling from our selection of BC VQA wines. If you’re unsure which to try, our knowledgeable servers will be glad to assist.

Hungry? Tie on your lobster bib and enjoy a buttery, delicious meal of fresh Atlantic lobster with us at Finn’s Seafood, Chops & Cocktails restaurant  at 1208 Wharf Street, Victoria, BC, or make a reservation for a group booking or special event.

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Wild Caught, Hand-Peeled Prawns

Prawns for Lunch, Dinner or as an Add-on to Any Meal

At Finn’s Seafood Chops, and Cocktails, our guests rave about our tender, plump wild-caught prawns. The accent piece of any seafood dish worth its salt, our hand-peeled wild prawns are a universal favourite. Get them served alongside a crisp salad, nestled in a bowl of creamy seafood linguini, or as a complement to our juicy NY steak.  Or if you’d rather, prawns can be added to any meal of your choice.

With a light flavour and pleasing texture, prawns are so versatile. Try our wild prawn tacos. A perennial favourite served in both appetizer or main course sizes, with salsa verde, grilled pineapple, chipotle aioli, and soft corn tortillas.finns chopped prawn salad

For lunch or a light meal, a chopped prawn salad will hit the spot. A bowl of goodness with prawns, egg, chopped romaine, bacon, broccoli and blue cheese all under a drizzle of tomato vinaigrette, this lunch will easily get you through the three-o-clock slump. We also offer a Caesar salad with fresh Grana Padano parmesan and herb croutons, with the option of adding wild prawns.

The mussels were delectable, the prawn salad (with warm prawns) divine, and the star of the evening was the halibut over a bed of pesto risotto. Absolutely mouth-watering. OMG! I want more. Wish I had taken photos!

Another great option for lunch or dinner are steam bowls, which are also incredibly popular with visitors and locals alike. The Haida Gwaii Steam Bowl features fresh local mussels and clams, wild prawns, calamari, jasmine rice and fragrant Thai red curry. For those not fond of curry, the Clayoquot Sound Steam Bowl will hit all the marks, with a white wine and garlic base, fresh local mussels and clams, wild prawns, chorizo sausage and steamed jasmine rice.

Our party of three loved our dinner at Finn’s! We tried three dishes—seafood linguini, West Coast Paella, and Haida Gwaii Steam Bowl—and all three were perfectly cooked and very flavourful. Our service by Tuomas was delightful, and the setting overlooking Victoria’s Inner Harbour was unsurpassed—our window-side table overlooked the marina, with the lighted dome of the legislature in the background—magical! Thank you, Finn’s, for a wonderful evening! We’ll be back!- Joan

There are countless ways to prepare and eat prawns, and we’ve only just hit the tip of the tail with these menu highlights. Olive Magazine has some excellent suggestions for 40+ ways to prepare prawns, from curries to summer rolls. If you’re a prawn fanatic, Finn’s Seafood, Chops and Cocktails Restaurant is a must-visit, and we look forward to serving you. Visit us today in downtown Victoria at 1208 Wharf Street for lunch, dinner or Happy Hour!

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Best Crab in Victoria BC?

Fresh Caught Dungeness Crab in Downtown Victoria

Locally caught, live crab kept right in the restaurant is a fun (and delicious!) dining experience. Whether you’re a seasoned seafood fanatic or a first-timer who has never cracked a crab claw, join us for a truly satisfying meal of fresh Dungeness crab at Finn’s Seafood, Chops & Cocktails restaurant.

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Dungeness crab is a type of seafood that shines on its own with a basic pairing of butter and lemon which brings out the sweet, mild flavour of the meat. We raise the bar with our menu by pairing freshly steamed local crab with tender baby potatoes, fresh seasonal vegetables, charred lemon, and drawn butter. It’s simple, but always spectacular and sure to please.

Does Finn’s Seafood Restaurant Serve the Best Crab in Victoria, BC?

Of course we certainly believe we serve the best crab in Victoria but let’s let our customers speak for themselves.

My husband I decided to finish off our Victoria vacay with dinner at Finn’s because of the great reviews we had read and the many recommendations from the locals we spoke to. It did not disappoint!! We had a wonderful server named Lindsay, who was so personable and very knowledgeable about the menu! We started off with the crab cakes, which were unreal and then for the main course my husband had the halibut and pesto risotto and I had the Dungeness crab. We were blown away by every single delicious bite! We would highly recommend Finn’s for a fantastic meal, great service in a beautiful historic building overlooking the harbour. It was the perfect end to our beautiful vacation! Thank you!! ~ knezacekms

My girlfriend and I visited this restaurant while travelling to Victoria, it was the right choice. The view from the restaurant was calming and perfect for dinner. We have high expectations when it comes to seafood – the Dungeness crab was so exquisite that we came back a second time for it! I highly suggest visiting this restaurant if you are in Victoria  ~ Sameer J

Dungeness crabs are harvested from traps in the waters surrounding Vancouver Island, and are held in our saltwater tank, so you know they’re going to be as fresh as possible. Named after Dungeness, Washington, located along the Juan de Fuca Strait, this variety of crab can actually be found as far north as Alaska and as far south as Baja California Sur, Mexico, so the Vancouver Island coast is prime real estate for the delicious Dungeness.

A happy, healthy crab should be quite active and have a hard reddish-brown shell with some purple spots near the front and claws that end in a white tip. Dungeness crabs can grow up to 9 inches wide and weigh up to 3 lbs— making a hearty meal of rich & succulent crab meat. The smaller pieces of meat from legs and claws tend to be sweeter than the larger pieces of meat from the main body, and a higher or lower salinity in the water where they develop can also make a different in the taste and texture.

Fact: Did you know that the Dungeness crab (Cancer magister) is the state crustacean of Oregon? It’s true! Schoolchildren at Sunset Primary School lobbied to have the Dungeness crab designated as the state crustacean in 2009, due to its importance to the Oregon economy.

For an authentic seafood experience, enjoy a meal at Finn’s Seafood, Chops & Cocktails restaurant  at 1208 Wharf Street, Victoria, BC, or make a reservation for a group booking or special event.

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Happy Hour in Victoria BC

Happy Hour and Late Night Happy Hour in Victoria BC

Whether you’re unwinding post-work with colleagues or revving up pre-party with friends, at Finn’s we serve up two happy hours for pre-dinner and late night crowds, every night of the week!

4:00-5:30 PM daily Happy Hour

Catch up with family and friends over a drink before dinner with special discounted drinks and appetizer menu. Choose from our selection of beverages or enjoy a frosty feature beer, feature wine, or house special highball for just $5.

Feeling hungry? Savour fresh local Fanny Bay or Kushi oysters for half off the menu price. Shucked to order and served with fresh horseradish, lemon, and cocktail sauce, this classic coastal dish is a must-try. See full Happy Hour menu for pricing 

Want more? For just $6, order our delicious garlic buttered flatbread with aged Grana Padano Parmesan cheese and a creamy chipotle dipping sauce, or for $12 try the Fresh Hummus & Moroccan Beef Skewers.

For a share plate, try the wild prawn tacos for $14. A fantastic gluten free option, these are served on fresh corn tortillas with sweet grilled pineapple and tangy salsa verde. A favourite among locals and tourists, these are always a hit.wild prawn tacos - happy hour at finns restaurant

9 PM to close Nightly Happy Hour

For all the night owls, our second evening happy hour features $4 off all bottles of wine on our menu,  $6 garlic buttered flatbread, and a $5 feature cocktail

Reviews for Finn’s Happy Hour

Review- Great Service, Atmosphere, and Food!

We had a great evening at Finns. We enjoyed the food very much and the service and atmosphere were awesome. We loved the happy hour time and enjoyed great wine and appetizers. The waiter was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful about food and wine choices. Thank you for a great experience. We will definitely be coming back soon to Finn’s!

– Kathwildkath, Victoria, BC

 

Came for a Snack, Found a New Gem

My friends and I came in to town to explore for the long weekend. We were staying downtown and had been walking around when we stumbled across this place with a gorgeous patio harbour view. We ended up getting a perfect table over the water and enjoyed the delicious prawn tacos.

As the tacos were so darn good, we ended up staying for dinner. All the dishes were cooked and spiced PERFECTLY. It was a melt in your mouth goodness that we hadn’t had before. To top it all off, our server Kevin was hilarious and so fun! He was incredibly knowledgeable (excellent wine pairing recommendations and made us salivate as he told us about the dishes) and made us feel so warm and welcome to not only Finn’s but the city of Victoria. 

We’ll be recommending this place and can’t wait to come back for another visit!

-tvo12, Vancouver

 

We’re students who live in Victoria and always wanted to check out this harbourside restaurant. Feeling like it was out of our price range, we were ecstatic when we heard they were part of Dine Around Victoria. The menu, alongside the super great happy hour menu made for an amazing time! We’re coming back to Finn’s for happy hour patio season and bringing our friends! 

-dHamelin

Sip, savour, and take in the soft buzz of the crowd while gazing out at the lights of the inner harbour to cap off—or start—a great evening out. Our downtown location overlooks the harbour and is at the centre of it all, making it a perfect starting point for exploring Victoria’s lively nightlife.

Come join us for our daily Happy Hour – either from 4-5:30pm or 9pm-close.

 

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Looking for a Great Oyster Bar in Victoria BC?

Come to Finn’s for Awesome Oysters on the Half Shell

It doesn’t get much more authentic than eating a plateful of local iced oysters, especially while seated on a sunny patio over Victoria’s Inner Harbour. From tide to table, luscious oysters are a quintessential treat for Island visitors and locals alike and can be enjoyed with a fine wine or slurped down with a side of beer.

No matter how you choose to enjoy them, the creamy, sweet flavour and pillowy texture is a taste sensation comparable to little else. Famous for their sweet, milder cucumber taste, our oysters are smaller and ideal for the beginner palate.oysters on the halfshell at Finns in Victoria BC

Finn’s offers both Premium and Superior (Kusshi) varieties, which are always fresh and served in their purest form, iced on the half shell with a side of fresh horseradish, lemon, and cocktail sauce. The flavours of the oysters are never masked by sauces and spices, and they’re delicious as is. Little more is needed than just a squeeze of lemon to get the full effect of the oyster’s taste and texture, which is why Finn’s Oyster Bar is a truly authentic experience for oyster lovers.

To eat a raw oyster, loosen the meat from the shell with a fork or your finger, tip the wide side of the shell towards your mouth, and chew the oyster just a couple of times to get the full flavour. Savour the meat and the drink (a briny juice from the oyster).

Choose from Premium or Superior oysters any time of day, from early evening happy hour through to late night, and enjoy the marvelous mollusks with a glass of wine, beer, or bubbly.

“A Sauvignon Blanc works well, champagne is always a classic pairing, and in terms of beer, a lighter fresh beer tends to work better than a darker ale when it comes to pairing with fresh oysters,” says Executive Chef Richard Luttman.

Try the Balbich Marlborough Sauvigon Blanc (NZ), or a pint of Saltspring Island Golden Ale. If you’re feeling more decadent, we have a lovely Zonin Brut Prosecco (IT) available by the bottle or by the glass.

If raw oysters aren’t your taste, tuck into a simple but absolutely mouth-watering dish of crispy oysters battered with light and flaky Panko breading. Plump Fanny Bay oysters are delicately battered and served piping hot with a simple side of our fabulous creamy house-made tartar sauce and lemon slices.  These tender oysters have a mild flavour and delicate texture with a crunchy crust, and are a great starter paired with a cocktail or your favourite beer.

Our premium oysters are locally and sustainably sourced from Fanny Bay Oysters just up island. Fanny Bay Oysters have been growing and harvesting fresh shellfish in the waters of Vancouver Island for over thirty years, and the oysters reflect that expertise.

Note: Fanny Bay oysters are available as seasonal supply permits, and East coast Canadian oysters may be substituted when necessary.

Reviews for Finn’s Oyster Bar on Wharf Street in Victoria, BC

Stopped in for happy hour to enjoy the sunset views over the harbour. Enjoyed the local beer and wine while slurping down fresh happy hour oysters. Perfect place for drinks or a meal with phenomenal views over the water.

Dirkd300, Spruce Grove, AB

…If you like oysters or mussels this is the place to go. We liked it so much we went back a second time even though we were only in Victoria for 4 days. We highly recommend.

Geoffggmoore, Melbourne, AU

Served as an appetizer they came deep-fried but not overcooked
very tasty. a very attractive setting with a large balcony overlooking the harbour.

nupps100, Vancouver, Canada

Looking for an awesome oyster bar in Victoria BC? Look no further than Finn’s Seafood, Chops & Cocktails, overlooking the inner harbour at 1208 Wharf Street.

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Finns for Lunch

Lunch in Victoria, BC – with a Side of Spectacular Views

You’re downtown, you’re hungry, and everyone in your party is looking for something a little different. Not a problem! Enjoy lunch on the water with us and choose from our full menu, whether you’re looking for a quick lunch with colleagues, space for a business meeting, or a relaxing mid-day break from exploring all that our lovely city of Victoria has to offer.

From smaller share plates to a full meal, there’s an option for every appetite and all ages. Choose from surf, turf, and everything in between. Our chefs accommodate any dietary concern to ensure that your meal is absolutely perfect. Tacos, artisan pizzas, burgers, flavourful steamed seafood bowls… it’s all available starting at 11 AM on weekends and 11:30 AM on weekdays.  Finn’s offers the full menu all day long since diners prefer a wide variety, no matter what time it is.

Lunch tends to be on the lighter side with a main course salad, burger, or other type of sandwich. It’s really a personal preference as to what people want, but most often times guests will choose something like a salad, or a chowder. Or, they’ll come in with a crowd and ask for steamed crab or lobster. It really depends on what their appetite is and what they’re in the mood for, says Executive Chef Richard Luttman.

The chopped prawn salad is an oft-chosen favourite for lunch. It’s light enough for an afternoon meal but is piled high with succulent prawns, juicy baby tomatoes, bacon, blue cheese, egg, avocado, and broccoli all on a bed of crisp romaine lettuce and topped off with a house-made creamy tomato vinaigrette.

We also offer a traditional Caesar salad with house-made Caesar dressing. Or, try the Artisan Greens Fennel and Orange Salad with sunflower seeds, goat cheese and red wine vinaigrette. Add grilled chicken or fresh prawns to any salad for extra protein.

The seafood chowder is another favourite, often hailed as “the best seafood chowder in Victoria” by happy guests. With a creamy base loaded with fresh seafood, clams, flavourful bacon, leeks, and plenty of diced vegetables, this hearty dish of comfort is available in a small or large size to accommodate all appetites and comes as a starter or main course.

Settle inside the airy restaurant or stretch out on the patio overlooking the harbour and take a well-deserved break as you recharge your batteries with a delicious meal and million dollar view. Pair your meal with a drink and dessert, and leave refreshed and relaxed to take on the rest of the day, no matter what you have planned.

Some of the many comments we get from our customers: 

The view amazing. The food amazing. For a more quiet and intimate lunch, this is a must. The chef was definitely at his best.

mmears2018 from Calgary, Canada

 

At Finn’s you will not be disappointed. The staff was just awesome and the restaurant is in a historic setting that was just beautiful. Next time you are in Victoria this is the best place to eat. We will be back!

Karen B from Morinville, Canada

 

If you’re looking for a great lunch spot in Victoria BC, look no further than Finn’s Seafood, Chops & Cocktails, overlooking the inner harbour at 1208 Wharf Street.

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Best Fish & Chips in Victoria

Think Finn’s for Fish and Chips in Victoria

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As a top seafood restaurant in Victoria, BC, our fish and chips is a staple dish, and a popular choice among the young to the young at heart. No matter where you eat them, it’s easy to love the crisp batter and tender fish nestled inside. Earning rave reviews from locals and visitors from all over the world, at Finn’s, we aim to satisfy every single fish & chips fan with a crisp, delicious plate prepared the traditional way.

Being a harbour city with a distinctly British tone, Victoria, BC is a sea of Fish and Chips, offered everywhere from dockside food trucks to high-end restaurants. So what makes Finn’s fish and chips different?

“Fish and chips is a dish that not many diners choose to make at home. It’s hard to get right,” says Executive Chef Richard Luttman.

“What makes us different is that it’s all done fresh and in-house. We hand cut our fries, we fillet and prepare the fish in-house with a batter using local craft beer, and we also make our own fresh tartar sauce and coleslaw.  It’s simple, classic, and done well,” he adds.

When it comes to our fish and chips, we prepare a single large fillet of sustainably caught North Atlantic Haddock laid atop a bed of crispy, hand cut fries. Favoured for its more tender texture and sweeter taste than Cod, Haddock is preferred by many chefs for the most flavourful and meaty fish and chips.

Try substituting fries for Grana Padano Parmesan fries with fresh herbs and truffle aioli for another dimension of flavour.

… I had the fish and chips, not expecting to have a plate size portion of fish. It was deep fried, crispy outside and deliciously tender and fresh on the inside. It was served with a generous portion of fries and coleslaw. What a treat. I thought there would be no way I could eat all of it, but it was so light and tasty… well, I couldn’t refuse the full portion.  ~ Golfer4status, Salt Lake City, UT

A bit of history: Fish and chips is said to have begun in London in 1860, where it quickly took off as a preferred menu item. No one knows the true origin of this partnership, and it’s become impossible to separate fact from fiction at this point, but there are stories about chips starting in France or Belgium, and fried, battered fish being introduced into Britain by Portuguese or Spanish refugees, finally meeting in London.

It was a welcome change to the bland and prim diets and saw Britain through two world wars since fish and potatoes weren’t rationed. Whatever its true origin, the unstoppable duo has been served to people from all walks of life for around 150 years and this English classic is a winning combination for lunch or dinner.

….The food came promptly, was well prepared and pleased everyone. We had fish and chips, a classic that was done well. Cost was reasonable and good value. One of my favourite places in Victoria. Can’t go wrong.  ~ Angela W, Richmond, Canada

…My fish was fresh, tender and prepared just right. The batter was light and not greasy. The chips were cooked right and not greasy or overly seasoned. Their homemade coleslaw was also very good, light and not runny or soggy with lots of flavor. ~ borninthebronx54, Greenville, SC

Check out Finn’s full menu.

 

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Finn’s – a (Sea)Foodie’s Delight

Seafood lovers know what they want—a wide selection of the freshest, tastiest, seafood possible. Whether you’re a local or visiting Victoria, British Columbia, Canada for the first time, you’re going to want to try BC seafood. Finn’s seafood restaurant is home to a large selection of local and sustainably caught seafood for the freshest fare. From made-from-scratch fish and chips to the wild BC salmon fillet elegantly prepared with lobster oil and a cider and leek cream sauce, the seafood dishes range from the traditional to the more contemporary to suit every taste.

Below are just a few of Finn’s favourite seafood dishes:

Lobster and Crab

If shellfish is what you’re after, try the steamed Atlantic lobster or steamed local Dungeness crab. For the classic seafood enthusiast, Atlantic lobster and local crab are taken straight from live tanks and cooked to perfection on the spot. Served with drawn butter, charred lemon, seasonal vegetables, and steamed baby potatoes sliced into medallions tossed with butter and fresh herbs, this is an always fresh and unforgettable meal.  This dish will invoke memories of childhood summers spent crabbing off the docks or of rowdy East Coast celebrations centred around steaming lobster and melted garlic butter.

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Fresh steamed mussels are another West Coast favourite. Larger than clams and with a delicate meaty texture, mussels lend themselves to many different flavours, with your choice of three delicious sauces: Thai Red Coconut Curry; Cilantro, Leek and Carrots or the classic White Wine and Garlic.

Pan Seared Crab Cakes

Crab cakes are a menu staple among seafood lovers everywhere.  These crab cakes are packed with real crab meat, pan-seared to a golden brown and served with a delectable avocado lime sour cream and nestled in a bed of fresh greens. Perfect as a starter or small meal on their own, our guests rave about this satisfying dish.

People do love the crab cakes:

…It’s a starter and perfect to hold you over until dinner time. They’re rich and seared to a satisfying crunch, served with an avocado, slightly-spicy mayo, accompanied by a small green salad with cherry tomatoes. Yum!! – Karen P. Wilmington, DE

We came with several friends for dinner and everyone loved their meals. The crab cakes were wonderful (the best I’ve ever had) – Marjorie C

Panko Fried Oysters

Order the panko fried oysters and be prepared to share with the rest of the table. Addictively good, these are made with only the freshest locally sourced Premium oysters. These gems are coated in a light, crispy batter, and served with lemon and house-made tartar sauce. Enjoy them with a crisp salad (try the Artisan Greens Fennel and Orange salad) to complete your meal.

Wild Prawn Tacoswild prawn tacos at finns seafood restaurant victoria bc

Available as an appetizer or served as a full meal with your choice of field greens or hand-cut fries, the Wild Prawn Tacos are always a hit. Loaded with plump wild prawns, sweet grilled pineapple, salsa verde, shredded cabbage for extra crunch, and a side of spicy chipotle aioli, they’re a crowd favourite for sharing or for keeping all to yourself.

Fresh Iced Oysters

Last but definitely not least are oysters on a half shell. Available any time of day, you can choose from a half dozen local Premium or Superior iced oysters on the half shell, served simply with cocktail sauce, fresh horseradish, and lemon.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. See Finn’s full menu.

Want even more seafood? At Finn’s, you can treat yourself and add your choice of lobster tail, ½ pound of Alaskan King Crab legs, or wild prawns to your meal.

Here’s what some people have to say about Finn’s seafood:

…The drinks were good, the food was even better. The portions are huge but we managed to eat almost every bite. My hubby is a bit of a seafood (or foodie) from numerous travels overseas) so he was very pleased when he took his first bite. All of us were satisfied for our cravings and a great time was had. – CarmenV3, Fall City, WA

I wanted to have a decent meal in Victoria and I got an excellent one. The best seafood chowder I have ever had, followed by two lobster tails on a bed of mash with vegetables. This meal was rounded off with an orange and vanilla bean curd with fresh raspberries. Never has a meal on this trip made me so happy. – Aussie135, London, UK.

If you’re into seafood, be sure to check out Finn’s Seafood, Chops & Cocktails restaurant (https://www.finnsvictoria.com) at 1208 Wharf Street overlooking the harbour in beautiful Victoria, BC next time you’re visiting Vancouver Island.